The number of older people in England without social care support has hit a record high, figures show.
One in seven are now being left to get by on their own, AgeUK said.
The charity, which analysed official figures, claimed 1.4 million people over 65 now have some level of unmet need with tasks such as getting up, washed and dressed.
“Older people around the country are being very badly let down by the catastrophic lack of government funding for social care,” warned Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director.
Delayed hospital discharges now costs the NHS in England £289.1m a year, according to the research reported by the Guardian.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “The government has committed to a long-term plan with a sustainable multi-year settlement for the NHS to help it manage growing patient demand. Health and social care are two sides of the same coin and reforms must be aligned. That’s why our forthcoming green paper will be published in the autumn alongside the NHS plan.”